What is the Desired Look of a Building Façade that Faces a Sea Breeze?
This building’s site is located on an elevation facing the shore end, the sea, and beyond. The site is exposed to a high levels of wind from the sea. The client requested a facility that would accommodate cafés, restaurants, and small craft shops. At the same time, the client also wanted the building to be an eye-catching feature of the shoreline.
The sea is a space that reverberates with the wind. The most immediate things that make the invisible wind that travels across the sea visible are waves and sails. I pictured an image of undulating waves and sails on yachts. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Running Fence, which is an installation made from canvas also came into mind. Such images inform the main façade of this facility facing the seashore. In contrast to the light sails, a heavy exposed concrete was used as the primary material for this main façade, so as to express an ironical relationship between form and material.
As the client also owns the land right next to this facility, the client wanted the project to proceed in steps. The best approach was to cater to the various programmes and additional extentions by dividing up the volumes. When there are several blocks, the buildings of respectively different shapes take on distinct appearances along with the yards, terraces, and void spaces between them. These spaces will not only be filled by the sun, wind, and nature, but by the comings and goings of various people and events. The commingling of natural elements and human events are the highlight of this project. The whole is larger than the sum of its parts.
Hyunjoon Yoo + Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Hyunjoon Yoo, Jon Jiyoung, Son Insil, et al.
6, Hangni 2-gil, Gijang-gun, Busan, Korea
1F (building A), 2F (building B), 3F (building C)
4.95m (building A), 8.95m (building B), 12.6m (bu
exposed concrete, Dryvit
KUNCHANG Engineering Co
Manbull Constrcution Co.
June 2016 – Aug. 2018
Sep. 2018 – Aug. 2019